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Read our full user's agreement.Bugger6/28/2009, 5:49 a.m.Suggest removalWas that suspose to explane why they are spending that much money?Someone needs to find another job.SaltCreekBoy6/28/2009, 6:28 a.m.Suggest removalBugger, the reason is quite clear as I read.

The author is explaining how we become accustomed to things based on need and continue those "wants" when there is no longer a need.

As far as the reason for the huge cost, I liken it to the time I wanted some body work done on a used pickup I bought.

I wanted the bed worked on so the tailgait would close.

Two of the bids came in high and they explained that they wouldn't do the work unless they could fix the whole thing because they didn't want the truck coming out of their shop looking ragged and me saying "Hey look fella's, I got my truc worked on by Company X, don't it look grand!".

All the while, looking like an incomplete job.

The FAA doesn't want a bad job done on their runway and the state can't go to another vendor.

It's the same problem I get when I want to by a car with just seat belts.

The minimum is now to have front and side air bags, anti-lock breaks, and roll cage design, and so I must pay for extras I don't want.

I'm not saying spending that kind of money is right.

In fact, its right lunacy.

But I think you would have as much luck having them take out "Safety features" to make it more reasonably priced as you would trying to make cars less safe but more affordable.Now, if they could throw together a burger joint in Takotna, we could all enjoy that new air strip.

Wouldn't that be some "Bush" flying.gilf6/28/2009, 6:59 a.m.Suggest removalI feel alot better now.Taters6/28/2009, 7:54 a.m.Suggest removalAnd still, a tiny village gets $21 million in tax money to solve a non-problem.I'd like the DNM to run with this one and research who caused this project to be planned, designed, funded and who will be executing the job? Follow the money for us DNM.

Name some names and dig a little.outraged6/28/2009, 7:57 a.m.Suggest removalThat was a nice editorial.

It is madness to continue with projects like the Takotna Airport Improvement.Perhaps a much more modest amount could be used to build a road from McGath to Takotna.

That would open up all kinds of opportunities.The FAA should withdraw the funds for this project.chewtoy6/28/2009, 8:11 a.m.Suggest removalI miss uncle Ted.

Ted would never accept federal money for pork barrel spending.....crosswind6/28/2009, 9:07 a.m.Suggest removalTater's -- A village won't get 21 million in tax money, it will get an airport it doesn't need, probably doesn't want, didn't ask for, and had litle, if anything, to do with the planning.

It may not even get a local hire job or two during the construction.

The money will go to consulting engineering firms, civil engineering firms, surveying firms, state supervisors, contractors and sub-contractors, electrical engineering firms, and davis-bacon wages to union workers.

It will support and justify all the infrastructure of our modern urban world, all in the name of "helping poor Takotna".

The same thing has happened all over the state with the Denali Commission and the Alaska Energy Authority.

They have built and overbuilt power plants where they were not justifiable.

They paid big money to consulting firm to write fictional "business plans" to justify them.TheBigDipper6/28/2009, 9:21 a.m.Suggest removalSo, basically the article says that federal money comes with strings attached.

That sounds familiar.

Where have I heard that before?1AkFox6/28/2009, 9:53 a.m.Suggest removalSince, the first story and the "editorial" one baby was born?The News Miner needs to hire an editor to proof read for coherency.Or teach the author the art of double talk.The cost is 420,000 dollars per person assuming 2 adults and 2 kids per family 1,680,000 dollars per family.Send them the xxxx money!And collect 50% back in income tax!Can someone tell author the cold war is over because the Russians went bankrupt!!!!1AkFox6/28/2009, 9:53 a.m.Suggest removalI bet the Miner can't find out who put the earmark in the budget, either!AGPABoondoggle6/28/2009, 10:01 a.m.Suggest removalDermot and Rod - you are really questioning spending money on native villages for uneconomical purposes? Why now? This has been happening for generations.

You guys continue to amaze with your illogical and naive editorials.

I was surprised however that you didn't try to blame this on Palin.Taters6/28/2009, 11:05 a.m.Suggest removalCrosswind.I know, I know, but if the DNM did some real investigating and reporting maybe it would be a good lesson for us all in who and what happens to make these things keep going and who in the end really makes out from them.I watched with not much real interest over the years as the fish hatchery went from discussion in the DNM to planning to money issues to building and never did really pay attention.

Now that is almost a reality I am really annoyed like so many of us but it's too late now.That would be another choice story for the DNM to do an in-depth history of which we could all use as a lesson for the future.Taters6/28/2009, 11:14 a.m.Suggest removalI'd like to blame it on our gal but haven't come up with the necessary BS to support my position.

Give me a little help there folks.

Is it really her fault or is Boondoggle just asking too much of us Kool-Aid drinkin' liberals?P_Davenport6/28/2009, 2:52 p.m.Suggest removalWowDermot and Rod ummm?Who is paying your second income?Is it bonuses?Wowfishtales6/28/2009, 3:31 p.m.Suggest removalIf you listen to Obama and the Dems then this must be the fault of president Bush because everything else that has happened in Obama's administration they have blamed on Bush.Samm6/28/2009, 5:03 p.m.Suggest removalI wonder how much a 17 mile road to McGrath would cost...robir86/28/2009, 6:19 p.m.Suggest removalSamm- me too.Yukonjohn6/28/2009, 6:49 p.m.Suggest removalBy all I hear from a number of friends I have that live in McGrath, it is a dying village.

It is, even though dying, the hub of the southwest interior.

Takotna is just down the non-existant road.

At least there is a winter trail.

This does not make sense to me to spend this kind of money in a tiny village so near a hub.roamak6/28/2009, 7:36 p.m.Suggest removalroad to mcgrath...about $40 million.

improvments to the existing airstrip....probably well over $100 million.

new airstrip....feds gave $21 million, but it wont bid for $15 million i bet.

call a spade a spade! if it was a fed funded program to fix your bike road, you wouldnt be crying about it!!i pass through takotna a couple times a year.

in the last few years there are some new faces, and still all the same old ones.

so...

it is growing, while in mcgrath people are leaving.chenasteamer6/28/2009, 8:20 p.m.Suggest removalNo mention of the school likely being shuttered.

Interesting that it was missing, would of been a more complete article considering.AGPABoondoggle6/28/2009, 9:10 p.m.Suggest removalMost interior villages are dying.

That won't stop the Feds and the State from dumping huge amounts of money into them.Yukonjohn6/28/2009, 9:31 p.m.Suggest removalVillages are dying because one has to be a millionaire to live there!! With gas around 7-10 dollars a gallon, milk 10-12 a gallon, flights to town to shop at 200+ dollars EACH WAY, it is easy to see why folks are having a hard time living in the bush.

Also, unemployment is many times higher there than in the cities.

It is not easy to enjoy that life out there, albeit a much better, easier on a person lifestyle.

I know with my job, that I consider a really good one, I could not afford to live in a bush community year round.coldarmyguy6/28/2009, 9:56 p.m.Suggest removalThen why dont they put one at healy lake.

All they have is a dirt strip its not even paved.

Try going in and out of there.

like i said what makes takotna any better.roamak6/28/2009, 10:05 p.m.Suggest removaland here it starts! you got one why shouldnt i?? yours is big so mine should be bigger!! why is yours getting paved and mine isnt?? WOW!!!! if thats all that people have to do is cry about takotna being one of the last villages in alaska getting a new airstrip......WOW!!!!all you people think is its going to cost $21 million, the fact is it probably wont cost $15 million....like i said before, i cant wait for all the fed jobs coming out in fairbanks this year! think takotna is a waste, wait until you see me re-paving some bike trails!!!Humanbeing6/28/2009, 10:26 p.m.Suggest removalFar as I know the people of Takotna pay their taxes and are part of this State.

So what is the difference if they spend it on you or them.

I say let it be built if it makes them safe, they are not building a road there.

At least a railroad would be a much better, we may be able to sustain that in these rural areas.

And when a plane can't fly and someone needs a Medivac, it is sad to lose those we love when it's just about money.

The funds Ted fought hard to get for us for years, and now it's a democrats fault, whatever, cry babies.Isanova6/28/2009, 10:58 p.m.Suggest removalWait, there are two serviceable airfields less than 20 miles from town?*groans*I second Taters call for the investigation to follow, I want to know which congressional office to call and complain to, or who's local paper to call up and point this out to.Bah, more and more I am thinking just let the Feds spend it.

When the government collapses it just means more infrastructure in place for the Republic of Alaska.

Then again, I've been watching a lot of post-apocalypse stuff lately (Jericho, Jeremiah, etc)Post a commentCommenting requires registration.Username: Password: (Forgotten your password?)Comment:

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